Leaks from Basement Ceiling

river497February 20, 2007

Due to a recent heatwave, many inches of snow melted very quickly on our front and back porches. While in the basement, I noticed two leaks dripping down from the ceiling, forming shallow puddles on the basement floor. The dehumidifier there dried things up pretty quickly, but I noticed the support beams in the basement were damp, and one is rotted as if this has gone on for years (we moved into the 1885 home within the past year). Does anyone have any ideas on how to prevent this water from leaking from the outside of the home into our basement? It seems to only happen in extreme cases as I've cited above. Thank you.

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First and foremost, you need to check the grading. Make sure it slopes away from the house.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2007 at 12:32PM
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in addition check the gutters, downspouts - that is a typical culprit -
gutters should be cleaned out 1-2x/yr be capable of holding downpours - and leaders should end going away from foundation
Large plantings near foundation may attract moisture as well

    Bookmark   February 28, 2007 at 9:47PM
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